Krebs Organic Dairy Farm is located in the small town of Starks, Maine, just east of picturesque Mount Blue State Park. The 500 acre farm is manned by three generations of the Krebs family, all under the care of David and his wife Billie Jo. The farm has been owned by the family since 1979, who have been members of the Agri-Mark cooperative since the 1980s.
David is a fourth generation dairy farmer, following in the footsteps of his parents, and his grandfather who purchased a farm in Braintree, Vermont in the early 20th century. He and Billie Jo have four children: Roger, Mark, Tommy, and Krysta. They all help out on the farm, and have earned the distinction of being fifth generation farmers. That's a rare honor today.
Along with the kids, David's mother Marcia and his sister Darlene, along with Darlene's son Danny, share the work. The day's duties not only includes the care of the farm's mixed herd of 150 Holsteins and Jerseys - 70 of which are milkers - but also the haying, chopping firewood, maintaining the equipment, repairing the buildings, and a hundred other necessary tasks.
The Krebs have been practicing organic farming since the earlier 1990s, and became certified organic in 2006. "We became interested in organic practices because we like to do things the natural way," says Billie Jo. This means they don't use any commercial fertilizers or sprays on their fields, and they don't treat their animals with medications, instead focusing on natural remedies. "Since we decided to go organic," continues Billie Jo, "we've noticed an improvement in our animals health and the quality of their milk."
Every October, the Krebs open their farm to the surrounding community. They offer tours and hay rides, launch pumpkins across their fields with a catapult, construct a maze and fort from hay, and sample their organic milk and Cabot cheddar. The Krebs also invite the local school children to the farm for tours.
"We truly believe that farming is one of the best ways to live," says Billie Jo. "We love the peace and quiet, and the serenity of working with the animals. Our kids learn to respect their food - farming teaches them there is more to it than just going to the grocery store. We're proud to be part of the Cabot cooperative family, and we love knowing that our milk goes to making the World's Best Cheddar."
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